Arla Foods Ingredients will unveil a highly innovative whey protein.
Arla Foods Ingredients will unveil a highly innovative whey protein that the company says offers companies the opportunity to create a100% whey-based ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage that is more effective, easier to formulate, and better tasting. Lacprodan DI-7017 is described as a “new generation” pure whey protein concentrate that is stable in ultra-high temperature (UHT) formulations at neutral pH-which the firm says represents a genuine first in the market for clinical nutrition RTD beverages. The company explains that whey protein is notoriously difficult to incorporate into UHT processes, which are widely used to manufacture clinical nutrition beverages with a long shelf life. As a result, manufacturers have until now tended to use alternative and less nutritionally effective proteins, such as casein, when formulating beverages for use in clinical nutrition. Such beverages are consumed primarily by elderly people suffering with conditions such as sarcopenia (muscle wastage), and patients recovering from illness or surgery. However, the firm says, incorporating whey protein into clinical nutrition beverages is highly desirable because there is compelling scientific evidence that whey delivers faster “gastric emptying” and greater levels of muscle synthesis than other protein ingredients.